The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

Students experienced their first tour of the Barnes Foundation.

The subject of day for 6th graders focused on the ensembles designed by Dr. Barnes, specifically why things at the Barnes are arranged differently than other museums. The 5th grade tour was about the characteristics of Impressionism. They also talked about factors that influenced artists during the Impressionist Period.

The trip was the start of a 6th grade study of Monet’s work and his use of color. In the coming weeks, the 5th graders will be learning about Vincent Van Gogh and will study his use of complementary colors as well as his tendency to look at nature up close.

Another exciting element of the day included travel to the museum via Septa, which was fun and educational for all. Everyone had fantastic small group tours plus a chance to draw from life outside along the Ben Franklin Parkway and on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps.